Wolfenden attended Brighouse High School.
He is a former gymnast who was a member of the British gymnastics squad until he fell whilst practising on the rings and damaged his back. This prevented his continuing gymnastics and he turned to acting.
Wolfenden plays David Metcalfe, son of Eric Pollard, in ITV's Emmerdale. He originally auditioned for the role of Eli Dingle, but lost out to Joseph Gilgun; then he was called back for the role of David Metcalfe.
Wolfenden has also appeared in Hollyoaks: Let Loose, the spin-off to Hollyoaks.
In early 2007, Wolfenden finished 9th on the second series of Soapstar Superstar. He performed the songs "Bad Day" (Daniel Powter) and "Don't Stop Me Now" (Queen)
In 2012 Matthew won Dancing on Ice with over 75% of the public vote in the final.
Wolfenden was nominated for Best Comedy Performance at The British Soap Awards 2016 but never won.
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